There is nothing charming about a woman who cannot walk in her shoes.
This piece of footwear wisdom comes from an interview with the shoe maestro, Manolo Blahnik in the Guardian (see the article here). I was inspired to share it with you, and to wake up early on a Sunday morning to write about it, because it is so easy to forget that the success of an ensemble is not determined by how stylish it looks standing statically in front of a mirror at home. Instead, it is determined by how well we can live in it and how well it moves out in the world. How many fashion victims have achieved that title because they clomp around as if they have the entire staff of Bergdorf’s shoe floor strapped to their back?!
If sartorial success is defined by how we walk, footwear is paramount. This is why I believe it’s important to invest in the best shoes you can afford that fit your lifestyle. Here I am defining ‘best’ not to be the most lavish, designer heels you can find but the most well-made shoes that are useful to you on a day-to-day basis. E.g., if you live in flats, plonking down your rent money on Stuart Weitzman’s latest suede heeled boot makes absolutely no sense. For myself, I spend most of my week in heels so I spend a bit more money to get pumps that cradle my feet in comfort* and elegance.
The Manolos pictured above were purchased five years ago when I was just starting out in the corporate world. My mum gasped when I told her how much I spent while I was still on a temp’s salary but all this time later, they look as good as new, they have never once given me a blister or foot cramp and they have carried me from family functions to nights on the town, from job interviews to corporate events. To everyone who scoffs at the notion of a sartorial investment, I hold up these patent leather beauties with a fair bit of pride.
Now that I’ve shared my thought-process on shoes, how do you shop for your feet? Is comfort a factor or is style the only consideration? Where does price come in?
Hope you’re all having a great weekend!!
*I realize some may be dubious about the word ‘comfort’ being associated with high-heeled shoes but it isn’t a pipe dream. Designers like Manolo (also Jimmy Choo & Christian Louboutin) create heeled shoes that balance the weight between the heel and ball of the foot. Without the weight falling forward into the ball of the foot (which causes aching and also toe scrunching- hello blisters), feet can be perfectly happy on an incline (I still wouldn’t go running in them). It’s for this reason, once you go Manolo…it’s hard to go back!!